Stony Brook University
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Being a State school, Stony Brook is relatively affordable. It may get expensive if you stay on campus and once those mandatory student fees begin to accrue, but you can say that about any school. Tuition-wise, Stony Brook is affordable. In addition to be affordable, Stony Brook is a reputable school. The school is regarded highly in Research, and it continues to grow in prestige/ranking among the other top colleges. Stony Brook also has a decent-looking campus, which is large and has a lot of trees, even a duck pond in one of the quads. The campus has come a long way aesthetically; from an old bare campus without even a running track, to a school with a lot of new buildings and a beautiful new running track.
Now for the downsides...
First, let's speak academically. Stony Brook has some good professors who you can reach out to and some bad ones, like anywhere else. Unfortunately, many of the major professors do their best to "weed students out". Since many students want to enter medical school, professors in departments such as Chemistry try to make their exams as tricky as possible, which isn't their job. Their job is to teach students not 'weed them out'.
Now the campus: You would think a large campus is a good thing, unfortunately it isn't. You can have classes very far from each other, far from your dorm, and walking to it can be time consuming... at a major University, you need all the time you can get.
The student population is too large and the school is getting much too crowded. This makes the parking situation a headache. Most commuters have to park at South P. lot and wait for a bus to take you to the campus, it can get so crowded that you'll have to wait for several buses before finally getting on. The population is getting very crowded with mostly foreign exchange students from Asia who barely speak English and the concentration of these students is increasing each year.
As for the social life... Or lack thereof... Well, most students would agree Stony Brook is dead. The students have absolutely no school spirit... Many of the students are from Queens (if not Long Island) and they go home every single weekend like a bunch of homesick children. No one is friendly, and everyone walks around like they don't want to be bothered. Most social groups consist of cliques, such as "Fraternities and Sororities" and people of the same "Ethnic group" meaning all Indians somehow know each other and quickly become friends, all Asians, latinos, ducks, geese, etc... and they are extremely secluded.
While there are a lot of student clubs out there, it is hard to find out about things and the school does a bad job promoting events.
The area outside of Stony Brook is not too exciting either. Port Jefferson can be a little fun, and of course NYC if you don't mind commuting a few hours.
Well, these are the pros and cons of Stony Brook, of course experiences may vary.
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